|Police Discover Robber In Putney Attic
Michael Ahmed disguised himself as a Deliveroo driver to commit crimes
A fake Deliveroo delivery man who was arrested in Putney whilst carrying out a robbery has been jailed for five year.
On 17 December last year, police discovered 25-year-old Michael Ahmed, of Grayshott Road in Wandsworth hiding in the attic of an address on Huntingfield Road. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a Section 5 firearm, two counts of burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
When committing his crimes, Ahmed also taped up a letter and digit on his moped's registration plate in the hope that it would not be recognised by police and ANPR cameras
At 20 minutes past midnight on 30 November last year Ahmed got off his moped on Lancelot Place in Westminster and walked up to a 17-year-old youth who was parking his car. He threatened the youth with a stun device and demanded his watch. The victim ran away as Ahmed began searching the inside of the car and took the car keys before leaving.
A short time later, just before 1am, Ahmed pulled up outside the Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge and approached a 25-year-old man who was parking his car. Ahmed demanded that the driver give him everything he had and tried to touch him with the stun device. A struggle ensued in which the victim felt a sharp pain in his right hand, possibly from the stun gun, but he managed to disarm Ahmed, who ran back to his moped and fled.
Detectives from Operation Venice, which is dedicated to tackling moped-enabled crime, carried out the investigation. DNA was taken from the stun device and positively identified Ahmed as the perpetrator of both crimes. Officers also searched an address in Wandsworth associated with Ahmed and seized his motorcycle helmet, jacket and delivery bag. The moped was found across the street, hidden under a cover.
Detective Constable Simon Pleavin, from Operation Venice, said, "Michael Ahmed was ruthless in his attempts to rob unsuspecting people and was prepared to inflict harm on them by using a stunning device. Police are taking every opportunity to arrest and prosecute those involved in moped-enabled crime as this result proves. Ahmed's lengthy sentence curtails his violent offending and he faces the next few years in prison. "Our officers are committed to keeping the public safe and are determined that such offenders are brought to justice."